HMDTMusic

Blackwood School

1 May – 4 July

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LETTER FROM SHER AFZAL KHAN                                   BLACKWOOD SCHOOL

My Dearest,

 

I must say how relieved I am to hear from you again
Hearing from you is a joy
We mustn’t give up hope.

 

The trench is narrow, cold and damp
I am the officer of my boys
We eat together, we travel together, we fight as one
I am the officer of my boys
Fear glitters in their eyes.

 

As the dull crump of the bombs go off,
Another day, another battle, another friend lost
The air crackles, the air crackles, the air crackles
Fear, destruction and loss break out
Like space, the line of men is never-ending
We mustn’t give up hope.

 

I am writing this letter as the sun is rising.
If I don’t make it home, please know how sorry I am.
When you look at the palm trees back home,
Think of me under my poplar tree near the Somme,
Trying to shelter from a lemon bomb.

 

Hopefully at the end of this year it will stop,
We mustn’t give up hope.

 

The more I hear from you the happier I am
Hearing from you is a joy.
This could be my last letter,
I want you know how much I love you.

Your

 

Subedar Sher Afzal Khan

St. Francis of Assisi Primary School, Skelmersdale

27 April – 12 June


LETTER FROM KHUDADAD KHAN   ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI PRIMARY SCHOOL

Dear Father,

 

Things are grim in the trenches and I miss home.

 

The howling of bullets, the cries of pain; the screams of death:-

This is the war of all wars.

 

I was manning the guns with my Baluchi comrades

When all of my team were wounded or killed.
I never stopped firing my gun.
Tried to be brave when fighting the Hun.

So many dead bodies – I couldn’t count ‘em.
I pretended to be dead to escape the enemy.

 

They call me ‘the average Indian boy
Who became a mighty Sepoy’.
The first, whose valour despite pain and loss
Was awarded the Victoria Cross.

 

Father, I hope I’ve made you proud.

 

Your son

 

Khudadad Khan


Bobbie-Jo

I loved doing the show because I had the part of the officer. Thank you Trench Brothers

Shannon - Costumed Interpreter

I think the best thing was how he always seemed to stay in character and didn’t ever stop! He made us all laugh at some point and it was also really good when we actually got to learn some of the different phrases.

Lilleigh - Composition

(I learnt) that if we try hard then we will be able to achieve great things

Shannon - Puppet Making

We got to make our puppets in our own way. She told us what we had to do and we did it our own way which makes each of our puppets unique! I also loved what she wrote on our whiteboard! ‘There is no such thing as can’t, TRY!’

Michael - Performance

The best thing about the day was when I heard the professional singers. And when we sung Trench Brothers together. I loved the show keep up the good work 🙂

Keegan - Artefact Handling

I liked when we got to handle the weapons and gas masks and when we got to hold the Victorian cross, there lots of amazing things that they used in WW1

Abigail - Puppet Making

I loved making the head of the puppet because it was the most creative one and Uzma helped me get things right.

Lilia - Costumed Interpreter

The best thing was when he pulled out people for laughing, sniggering or even smiling. The actor was so realistic I actually thought that I was in the real life army. I learned how people were treated in the war, how they got trained, what they were called and even learned some of the Hindu language.

Lilia - Composition

The best thing was when we all sat together and listened to him and made a song. He had a very bubbly personality, and he had a great sense of humour. I learnt how to make music, that the piano is a beautiful musical instrument and that song writing is amazing.


Actors in the final performance pose with veterans that had been invited to see the show.

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St. Philip’s Primary School, Nelson

20 April – 15 June


LETTER FROM NORMAN MANLEY   ST. PHILIP’S PRIMARY SCHOOL

Dear Edna,

 

I miss you so much, I hate to see you ache with tears.

 

These comrades of mine are first class thieves.

They would rob your last farthing.

But they’re like brothers to me.

I have never known anyone like them.

We look out for each other.

 

I can see bombs raining down like snow,

And hundreds of bodies scattered around.

How many bombs and bullets will it take to beat the other side?

 

I was promoted to Lance Corporal, and looking forward to working with my fellow brothers.

But they didn’t trust or respect me, because of the colour of my skin.

Surely, we all have the same goal?

We need to work as one.

 

I have already lost my brother Roy.

Words can’t begin to describe how I feel.

My heart aches, I can’t imagine life without my brother Roy.

 

Dear Edna, you are my shield to protect me.

Your caring words comfort me.

 

Your loving fiancée

 

Norman Manley


Jennifer Barnes - Teacher

It was even better than I had imagined. Excellent staffing / great support available from the team. Pleasure to work alongside the team. Fabulous for their confidence! Great also for their writing – we loved the cross-curricular work (diaries / letters). Can’t praise the project enough. Would love to be involved again in the project. Loved the experience from start to finish – the children and I have loved it.

Hadija - Composition

I got to express my voice. The song written was by our school. I was excited to sing the song we had made. I learnt to project my voice. I was able to come up with ideas for the composition.

Dawood - Performance

The best thing was using my puppet and my Auntie was able to watch the performance.

Aminat - Costumed Interpreter

We found out what life was like for soldiers who were at war. I enjoyed being a soldier and doing the marching. I discovered what life was like for soldiers who were away from families.

Jennifer Barnes - Teacher

Providing the children with great range of material to look at (which may normally be behind a glass cabinet in a museum). All were able to discuss the artefacts in a more in-depth way.

Hadija - Artefact Handling

I liked seeing the artefacts from the war (like the weapons and peep holes). The man gave us lots of new information.

Bispham Endowed Primary School, Blackpool

26 April – 19 June


LETTER FROM MANTA SINGH  BISPHAM ENDOWED PRIMARY

My dearest Mother and Father,

 

In the trenches, it was filthy, cold and miserable.

Flies buzzing all around us. Stagnant water.

Smells of rotten bodies, rotten food, burning fires and acrid smoke.

But I was proud to be on the front line.

 

Exploding shells threw earth and mud into the air.

Horrifically injured men were caught up in barbed wire.

I found an old wheelbarrow and used it for a stretcher for one of my British brothers –

Lieutenant George Henderson.

I too was injured when I saved him.

 

I’m lying in a hospital bed in Brighton, far, far away from home. Feeling anxious.

There’s a stinging pain, a burning and agonising pain in my leg.

But I know I’ve made my Havildar proud.

 

As I feel life draining from my body, my mind drifts back to my childhood days in our village in the Punjab.

I miss you with all my heart,

I miss you with all my heart.

 

Your loving son

Manta Singh


Olivia - Artefact Handling

I learnt about the Periscope and they used it so they didn’t have to pop their head up and risk getting shot in the head.

Harry - Costumed Interpreter

The best thing about this activity is that it was realistic. The worst thing about this activity was it was not real.

Lailah - Puppet Making

We learnt how to make the puppets and that you can always try again when you go wrong.

Logan - Performance

The best thing about the day was when we did the actual performance because we had a real audience and it was a lot of fun. The worst part was when it finished. I would like to know more in the future. Children should look forward to this exciting visit.

Stephen - Puppet Making

[I learnt that] it was ok to be individual, all our soldiers looked a bit different and that is ok.

Jamie - Composition

There is nothing that could be better it was the best. I got to learn how to make rhythms and beats.

Evie-Nicole - Costumed Interpreter

I learnt from this activity that the French called the Germans Alboche and the British also called them Boche which means cabbage in French. The French called the Germans cabbage because they have a big round head like a cabbage.

Evie-Nicole - Composition

I learnt that in the trenches they weren’t allowed to write in their letters exactly where they were so they had no privacy.

Maddie - Artefact Handling

I was able to touch things that you can’t touch in museums, which meant I learned a lot more

Willow Lane Primary School, Lancaster

2 May – 23 June


LETTER FROM HERBERT MORRIS  WILLOW LANE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Dear Mother and Father,

 

This is the last time you will hear from me.

The last of my voice, my writing, my life and soul.

 

I hear gunfire ringing in my ears

Huge shells make deafening noises…

I bite my lip until I draw dark red blood

The whistle blows, opening a gateway to death.

 

My friend was shot. He screamed in horror. His eyes shut.

We tried to wake him but we couldn’t.

That night, my eyes melted with tears and I felt like I drowned.

 

I am troubled in my head and cannot stand the sound of those blasted guns.

They rattle all around in my head until I am nothing but war and ghosts.

But no one will help me for it.

I am lost.

There’s an ocean in my head.

My mind’s a broken nightmare.

I am lost.

 

Without thought I did something stupid. Very stupid.

I didn’t want to run away. But I had to.

I just couldn’t live like this.

I knew the consequences but I broke the rules.

 

I am sat in my dark and gloomy cell.

I am to be shot at dawn.

 

When you read this, I’ll be watching over you.

 

Herbert Morris


Claire Clarke - Teacher

I cannot fault the team effort on the day. The creative team did a fantastic job sorting the children out. They were a slick, well rehearsed crew who knew how to get the very best out of our children. The children worked hard, listened hard and loved taking part in the show. Please come back and do another one.

Caitlyn - Composition

[The best thing was] that you got to make your own songs and you got all your ideas listened to. [I learnt] how to sing properly and how to actully compose a song and know what its like to compose a song.

Daisy - Costumed Interpreter

Well for one, I learnt that life being a soldier is hard and the drills are very tricky. Secondly I learnt that soldiers are not allowed to pack much when they go to the trenches.

Marcus - Puppet Making

I liked how it evolved from the beginning to how it was in the end – seeing our puppets grow

Claire Clarke - Teacher

Thank you to everyone at HMDT and LCC for their efforts and organisation. We have had a great term learning about WW1 and Trench Brothers. I cannot believe the experiences both children and adults have enjoyed for such a bargain price. We would love to do similar projects in the future. Thank you once again and congratulations on a job well done.

Pawel - Puppet Making

I learnt not to give up and always believe in yourself that you can do great things in life

Tori - Performance

We loved the performance and it felt good to perform for other people. And we loved the t-shirts. We learnt that we could perform in front of lots of people. If you do this prodject then you will have great fun

Caitlyn - Costumed Interpreter

Fun, amazing, flabbergasting (which means the best!) There was nothing bad about this activity. It was just fantasic and we loved it. Thank you for coming!

Callum - Composition

[I learnt] how to compose music (I now want to be a professional singer when I’m older!)

Libby - Artefact Handling

I loved seeing the shot gun it was legendary! and I learned that we shouldn’t laugh about the war because it is sad what happened to the soldiers.

Pilling St. John’s Primary School, Pilling

25 April – 20 June

LETTER FROM JOSEPH CLOUGH PILLING ST. JOHN’S PRIMARY

Doctor White,

 

How I miss you old chum,

 

Living in a bombed-out mud puddle,

The night sky explodes with fireworks –

If only that’s what they were….

 

Oh how I miss London

Oh how I miss London

Even the black factory smoke

The men here, grubbier than the boys from the coal mines.

 

You would be so proud –

I’m one of the only Jamaicans allowed to drive the field ambulance.

I’ve proved Sir Arthur Slogget wrong

And shown I do have the strength and courage.

I do have the strength and courage.

 

The soldiers here have a lifetime bond

We’re like brothers

Colour and race do not play a part in the trenches.

But their mood is subdued

And they are petrified

Tomorrow they go over the top

 

Goodbye my oldest friend

It would mean so much if you could write back to me.

 

You would be so proud –

I’m one of the only Jamaicans allowed to drive the field ambulance.

I’ve proved Sir Arthur Slogget wrong

And shown I do have the strength and courage.

I do have the strength and courage.

 

Your old chauffeur

 

Joseph Clough


Sally Astbury - Teacher

It has been an honour to work on this project and the children have got a lot from it. Some children were disappointed that they didn’t get the chance to get a speaking part. The final performance was very professional and there were many positive comments from parents and governors saying how much they enjoyed it. One parent said that it was the best school performance he had seen!

Twiga - Performance

I learnt that singing in front of a crowd is not all bad. I hope we can do something like this next year.

Kelly - Artefact Handling

I learnt about what they used the war and that Indians came to help England.

Hayley - Puppet Making

I liked making the puppets, seeing everyone else’s puppets different looks and operating my puppet in the performance

Sally Astbury - Teacher

The children were able to experience the process involved in song writing. It demystified it and allowed the children to take ownership of their own song.

Abbie - Composition

I loved the activity, I don’t think there was anything bad about it.

Oliver - Costumed Interpreter

I learnt that soldiers from India wrote a lot of letters to their family members or friends back home. They were proud to fight for England.


 

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St. John’s Cliviger C of E Primary School, Burnley

28 April – 13 June


LETTER FROM GEORGE BLACKMAN  ST. JOHN’S CLIVIGER PRIMARY SCHOOL

Dear Family,

It’s very cold in France.

I’m so excited to get back home,

I can’t wait to get back home,

And feel the warm sun on my skin.

 

The cold, muddy, dusty trenches give me pain.

Infested with rats, I’m covered in chats.

Lemon bombs have been raining down.

 

Dear Family,

It’s very cold in France.

I’m so excited to get back home,

I can’t wait to get back home,

And feel the warm sun on my skin.

 

I’m feeling funky because my best friend buzzed.

But I have to stay brave –

I am a soldier of the British Army.

 

I can’t wait until I’m with you again

I miss you every day.

I will stay brave and strong

And I will come home.

 

Yours

George Blackman


Chris Allton - Teacher

The children really got a sense of what it must have been like for new recruits. This developed their descriptive writing immensely. Very impressed.

Zara - Performance

We got to sing with professional singers. I had a very good time and I would like to do it again.

Erin - Puppet Making

Everyone mostly enjoy themselves and everyone got involeved. They also got to share all their ideas

Molly - Costumed Interpreter

[I learnt] what it was like to be in the war and that the leader wasn’t allowed to wear dirty underpants!

Harvey P - Composition

I think that the best thing during this lesson was when we write our own letter then formed it in to a magnificent sound and it also made us think.

Jane - Artefact Handling

I liked it all because I learnt lots of facts and even got to try on some clothes from the First World War. I enjoyed trying on the putties even though they were slightly big . It was hilarious when I tried on some of the glasses they used to wear!

Chris Allton - Teacher

Could not believe the amount of time and resources provided to the school and the final product at the end. The children are fascinated with WW1 now and keen to learn more but also developed a greater understanding and respect. Excellent and highly recommended to any school. The project will give high quality education and more to the children and school as a whole.

Annabelle - Performance

I thought doing the show/performance was the best part. I loved doing mostly everything if it was up to me I wouldn’t change anything about it.

Lucy - Puppet Making

I learnt that you can create anything with a little imagination and some materials.

Erin - Costumed Interpreter

It felt so realistic and it made me feel like I was there and although I knew it was an actor I still enjoyed it.

Simone - Composition

Some of us got to try and play the piano which was fun. Making our own music masterpiece was exciting.

Jessica - Artefact Handling

The best things were trying on the uniforms, when I tried on the glasses and hurting my foot when I tried to kick the really heavy football!

St. Augustine Primary School, Preston

21 April – 22 June


LETTER FROM KULBIR THAPA  ST. AUGUSTINE’S PRIMARY SCHOOL

Dear family,

 

It is very cold in France,

But when I think about you, I feel all warm inside.

 

Every day more mud covers me up to my knees.

Gun shots whizz through the air like lightning.

 

A whistle sent us over the top

The grenades just came out of nowhere.

Through the mud, I saw a soldier still alive.

I could not leave him, so stayed with him all night.

 

Every day more mud covers me up to my knees.

Gun shots whizz through the air like lightning.

 

At day break I left him safely in a shell crater

But found two more wounded soldiers
And carried them to safety before returning to save my friend.

 

Every day more mud covers me up to my knees.

Gun shots whizz through the air like lightning.

 

As I carried them past the wounded bodies and bloodied mud
The Germans stopped shooting and instead, cheered us on.

That moment keeps replaying in my head.

 

Every day more mud covers me up to my knees.

Gun shots whizz through the air like lightning.

 

I miss you and pray every day that I will see you again.

 

Yours lovingly

 

Kulbir Thapa


Ruby Patel - Teacher

A great understanding and empathy about the British colonies as well as promoting tolerance, identity and pride concerning each other. HMDT Music and their artists were phenomenal to see in action and work with. It is brilliant for children to see specialists in their own field. This has inspired them into thinking about careers in Art, music, singing and acting etc.

Ruby Patel - Teacher

When the children wrote their diary extract, they wrote descriptively and passionately about their experience of being a soldier in the British army.

Harris - Overall

I found everything really good. I don’t think anything needs to be improved – the sound effects of the lemon drop bombs in the play were really scary!

Aleyah - Puppet Making

I enjoyed getting to make the turban for our little puppet. I was so glad we got to use them in the performance and then keep them!

Muskaan - Compostion

I learnt a lot about the First World War and now know a lot more from being able to write a song about the trenches.

Ayhem - Composition

The best thing about the activity was that we learnt even in letters if changed a bit and sung, it actually becomes lyrics to a song. YOU CAN MAKE MUSIC FROM ANYTHING

Michelle - Overall

[I learnt] how much respect people the soldiers had to have for each other.

St. Wulstan’s & St. Edmund’s Primary School, Fleetwood

24 April – 21 June


LETTER FROM EUGENT CLARKE   ST. WULSTAN’S & ST. EDMUND’S PRIMARY SCHOOL

Dear Aunt, dear Aunt,

 

I’m writing from the cold, soggy trenches

Where I’m constantly in danger,

But strangely feel protected.

 

In the silence of the night it is scary;

Foul smelling smoke blowing throughout the frosty winter night.

Rats bite!

As we slumber in our ghastly cubby holes.

 

Dear Aunt, dear Aunt,

 

I miss you terribly

And I wish I was at home in the sun,

Playing beach ball

Or eating Jerk chicken.

Playing beach ball

Or eating Jerk chicken.

 

I miss you, terribly.

But I know I’m earning fam’ly money.

 

My job is to carry toffee apples and bullets to the soldiers;

I’d rather fight than deliver ammunition.

But us black men, us can’t have guns, which doesn’t seem fair!

 

On the journey here, we were consumed by a huge blizzard

And most of us were wearing shorts and caught frostbite.

Legs turning black, needing to be amputated.

It was terrible!

 

Ev’ry day I wake up, and wonder is this my last?

 

Love from

Eugent Clarke


Stan - Puppet Making

the best thing about this activity was when we made the puppets and played with them. i learnt that i need to take my time when im doing something so i can do it right.

Sadie - Costumed Interpreter

We got to see what life for the solders were like and I think it was a little scary and bossy for them. [I learnt] that life as a solider was very difficult and that they were treated with no respect what so ever; especially for doing the most simplest of things like gnawing, coughing and slouching. They missed their family.

Simon Clough - Teacher

Brilliant singers, organizers and directors. They loved seeing all stage and realistic props as well as costumed soldiers again. Luca is normally shy but got a main part and performed brilliantly.

Ruby R - Composition

The best thing about it was that he described all of the notes and he would play it three time after we finished that section so we could remember and understand the tune. Over all this was my favorite part of working with the Trench Brothers.

Evie - Composition

[It was] creative, pleasurable and heart pounding.

Ruby - Artefact Handling

I liked to see the weapons and things like the glasses and masks also I liked that each table was set out with different topics like the clothes on one table and the food on another

Arabella - Performance

The best thing was to be able to put all our hard work into this play. I also like the fact that I was acting and having a director.

Simon Clough - Teacher

Over and above my expectations. They’ve learnt so much about WW1 and the ethnic minority soldiers who we probably wouldnt have focused on before. I’ve learn lots of new facts and was naive about the impact Commonwealth soldiers had during WW1. Thank you once again “

Jayden - Puppet Making

The best thing was all of it because expands our minds into doing new stuff we have never done before.

Jorja - Costumed Interpreter

[The best thing was] how he acted so realistic and it was so unique and it was exciting. Also all the activities we did were really fun. We learnt that the soldiers from WW1 were really strict and were very hard on the soldiers. Also Thank you !!! for teaching us all of this.

Millie - Costumed Interpreter

I think that the best part was where we got to find out things that we didn’t know and where we got to touch things and look at things that we didn’t really know before like the leg bandages called putty and we had a challenge to try and put them on.

Worsthorne Primary School, Burnley

28 April -16 June


LETTER FROM WALTER TULL  WORSTHORNE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Dear brother,

I hope things are going well with you in Glasgow.
I trust upon my return, you can repair my teeth!

 

I’m writing to you from a cold, muddy trench.
Sleeping here, in the rat-infested conditions, it’s a living nightmare.

 

We’re under constant attack, we’re under constant attack!
The sound of gunfire’s even louder than the roar at White Hart Lane.
Conditions are so awful that the land turned into a mud bath
The Germans bombing our trenches like demons.

 

I’m so proud to become the first black officer to lead white soldiers into battle.
Being a footballer has helped me guide my men
We work as a team and look out for each other.

 

When I arrived, some soldiers treated me badly because of the colour of my skin.
Just like the match at Bristol
But now I have earned their respect, we are like brothers.

 

I’m so proud to become the first black officer to lead white soldiers into battle.
Being a footballer has helped me guide my men
We work together as a team and look out for each other.

 

Dear brother, I must prepare for battle.
I am so proud to lead my brave pals.
Please pray for when we will be reunited.

Your loving brother

Lance – Sergeant Walter Tull


Logan - Puppet Making

It was so important learning about the uniforms by making it ourselves. I learnt what the soldiers looked like and wore and the puppets were accurate so were more fun.

Justine North - Teacher

As a school located in a traditionally ‘White English’ village, we often find our children and families have little knowledge or empathy with other cultures. It has been valuable for our school to embrace the contributions made to the war effort by Black soldiers. thank you – an amazing experience for us all

Freya - Composition

We loved it. Lucy was so lovely and made it easy for us to do.

Lucas - Artefacts Handling

I had lots of fun trying on the uniforms and puttees and looking at the rifle.

Brody - Performance

The best part was performing with the puppets, getting to keep the t-shirt, meeting the actors.

Justine North - Teacher - Composition

They learned that they can be song writers and composers. They gained confidence to sing in front of their peers and were proud to have their ideas included in the song.

Alfie - Artefacts Handling

I liked trying on the uniforms, looking at the footballs and learning about the rifle.

Reedley Primary School, Burnley

19 April – 14 June


LETTER FROM HARDIT SINGH MALIK            REEDLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL

Dearest Mother,

I’m writing to reassure you – I’m doing just fine.
The cuts have healed.

 

You will be so proud that I’m a pilot:
They call me the ‘Flying Hobgoblin’ because of my helmet.
I’m tired and cold, flying so many missions.
But my brothers,
Oh, my brothers are helping me.

 

Showers of bullets thunder to the ground.
The cries of the wind give an ear piercing sound.
When I am flying up above, I hear the raging battle below.

 

The nearby trenches are cold and damp,
I feel for the blighters sleeping there, protecting us.
In the blink of an eye, bullets howl to the ground,
The shrieking iron making it impossible to sleep.

 

Today Britain and India have stood proud,
Smiling like true men.
Our allies stand there, with overwhelming pride,
Patrolling the skies
To keep the horrid Hun at bay.
Arrow hand forward, dismiss to side

 

Please don’t worry about me – I’m fine.

Your affectionate son

Hardit Singh Malik


Alisha - Composition Session

The best thing was that we got to make the letter into our own song and had actions to remember the words.

Ali- Hamza - Performance

The best part of the day was the acting, as I had one of the main parts and got to interact with the other actors, which may change my life choices to becoming an actor.

Alisha - Puppet Making

The best thing is when we painted the head and added the eyes and lips because you could make the character come to life.

Shehnaz - Costumed Interpreter

We got to experience what the Indian soldiers had to do before the war. I enjoyed learning things in new languages. I learnt the different commandments the Havildar called out in Hindi and Punjabi.

Hafifa - Artefacts Handling

The best thing about this activity was when we held and wore the artefacts because I felt as if I were in the war.

Alisha - Costumed Interpreter

The best thing was that we learnt how to be a sepoi. We learnt the hard way of being the sepoi and how they lived in the war. I learnt how strict the Indian army had to be with their sepois. I also learnt instructions and drills and how they earnt stripes.

Malikah - Composition

I learnt that music is something everyone can.

Hafifa - Artefact Handling

Getting to hold and wear the artefacts felt as if I were in the war.

Shehnaz - Puppet Making

The best part was when we made the head because it was fun and challenging. I learnt how to make a cap using different techniques.

Colette Hardman - Teacher

This project met all my expectations and more. The experience the children have had is something they may not have again. The quality of the staff from HMDT music and Lancashire County Council has been exceptional. They have been in constant contact and produced a high quality of learning. HMDT Music and artists have been fantastic. they have helped every step of the way.


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Inspired by the Trench Brothers project, students from Reedley made this fantastically detailed model of a trench.

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Monteagle Primary School, Group 1, Barking and Dagenham

19 September – 30 November 2016


LETTER FROM HERBERT MORRIS                  MONTEAGLE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Dear Mother,

Oh, how I long to receive your letters!

I miss your sweet, sweet laugh.

And your fried dumplings and sweet plantain!

I miss playing in the yellow sand with the sun shining above, shining above.

 

I was once your little boy, but no more.

My eyes are opened wide and I’m no longer an innocent.

My thoughts are lost like a lone ship

With no hope of rescue or refuge.

 

I cannot go on for much longer

It feels like a restless dream.

Shells, rifles and screams are the only sounds I hear.

Bullets pour down like a shower of death.

 

I cannot go on for much longer

It feels like a restless dream.

Shells, rifles and screams are the only sounds I hear.

How can I escape this nightmare?

War has turned me mad with terror

I cannot bear this living nightmare.

 

I am overwhelmed by darkness.

 

Oh mother, what am I to do?

Running is the only way out,

The only way out x3

Way out x 3.

 

One day you will see me again.

 

I am so sorry…

I am so sorry…

 

Herbert Morris

Herbert Morris

Andre - Artefact Handling Workshop

I learnt that some of the people that went to war were very frightened and they knew what it was going to be like but they had to be strong.

Alex - Costumed Interpreter Visit

We learned about those soldiers affected by war. Getting to act out roles of soldiers in the trenches. Holding a badge that was from World War One. It was interesting seeing what the soldier’s in the Indian army wore. We enjoyed the role playing and marching we were involved in.

Edana - Composition Workshop

Making the song, the singing, creating the tune/melody, part of my letter was used and it was very creative and unstructured, and the teachers listened to our ideas.

Sarah - Puppet-making Workshop

What I learnt from this activity is that you can make a puppet from every day objects and I was amazed about that I couldn’t believe that everyday objects turn into amazing puppets.

Staff Evaluation

Children got opportunities to work with a number of professionals in the art world to be a part of something very special. This project helped visualise the context topic for the children in a way that we couldn’t have asked for.

Alex - Composition Workshop

It is hard to make music and write a song. We learned what a composer is and their role and learned some good singing techniques from the session.

Maryam - Puppet-making workshop

I learnt that you really don’t have to go to the shop and buy things and some things you can make with the things in your house.

Staff Evaluation

One boy never speaks about what he has done at home. His mother said that he couldn’t stop talking about how much he has learned and who came in to work with them.

Emily - Artefact Handling Workshop

What I learned from this activity is that soldiers had a life I could not imagine possible! It seemed like a terrible life, seriously how could you survive things like that?!?

Sabba - Composition Workshop

[I learned] how to make our song come to life using emotions and feelings.

Aisha - Costumed Interpreter Visit

I learnt that you can get disease in the trenches and they would have to get injections in their arms.

Alioune - Artefact Handling Workshop

The best thing about the activity was the weapons they used and we got to hold the actual weapons in our hands. There were a rifle, a sword to put on your rifle there were grenades.

Dami - Puppet-making Workshop

[We learned that] every soldier had the same outfit, nearly every [BWIR] soldier had brown eyes, how to make a puppet, how to be more creative and learned new skills. Its’ not that easy to make a detailed puppet, it takes a lot of time to make a puppet. We learned from any mistakes we made, learned to persevere and the fun sides of subjects.

Y6 Pupil - Performance

You have to practise a lot to make a show as good as you want it to be. It’s really hard for actors to act. You have to concentrate on what you’re doing and not what the crowd is doing.

Our Lady of Lourdes RC Primary School, Enfield

26 September – 7 December 2016


LETTER FROM  NORMAN MANLEY                 OUR LADY OF LOURDES RC PRIMARY SCHOOL

Dearest Edna, (x4)

 

I wish I could feel your warm embrace again. (x2)

I wish (both groups 3 times in alternation, 6 in total)

 

Life down here is a living hell.

My heart pounds with every fired shell,

Thinking this day could be my last.

This could be the killing blast!

 

I have witnessed such atrocities. (x2)

Those warm-hearted cockney comrades were family to me. (x2)

We’d share a cigarette or two to calm down our nerves! (x3)

To calm down our nerves.

 

I came here to serve my country and save it. (x2)

I will do whatever it takes. (x2)

 

I am very proud to be one of the few black people to be able to fight in this war.

The feelings that bubbled inside when they called me ‘darkie’; it pained me deeply.

 

I came here to serve my country and save it. (x2)

I will do whatever it takes. (x2)

 

Oh how devastating to be without Roy, my brother.

Group 1: I pray to God every day, fearing for my life, fearing for my life.

Group 2: I pray to God every day, fearing for my life.

 

Oh you will always be in my heart. (x2)

 

Your loving fiancée (x3)

Norman Manley

Niamph - Artefact Handling Workshop

The best thing about this activity was that we got to hold a deactivated shell and we got to see what the Army wore and what their backpacks contained.

Claire O'Connor (Teacher) - Costumed Interpreter

[This activity] allowed children to understand the plight of the soldiers during the war, particularly those who travelled from other countries.

Year 6 General Statement - Composition Workshop

[The best thing about it was] having the freedom to make music link with our lyrics. Seeing our written work turned into a song. Working as a class to compose music.

Year 6 General Statement - Puppet-making Workshop

We learnt how to develop our puppet-making skills and how Indian soldiers would have dressed.

Tya - Artefact Handling Workshop

The best thing about this activity is that we were able to hold all of the items and the volunteers explained what each of the items were.

Samantha - Artefact Handling Workshop

The best thing about this activity was being able to hold and learn about the weapons and uniforms and what they did. I loved looking at pictures and really understanding what it was like.

Claire O'Connor (Teacher) - Project Overview

[The project] helped develop their confidence and self esteem. It has also improved their knowledge of involvement from ethnic minority groups during world war and encouraged the children to consider the importance of the contribution of other ethnic groups during war…The project was very well organised, the leaders were enthusiastic and professional and the whole experience has been thoroughly rewarding for the children, staff and parents of the school.

 

Colvestone Primary School, Hackney

21 September – 6 December 2016


LETTER FROM  KHUDEDAD KHAN                   COLVESTONE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Dear Mother and Father,

Dear Mother and Father,

 

I was wondering how it is at home.

I was wondering how it is at home.

It really feels so strange, so strange, so strange

I miss my Indian sunshine, my animals and curry too.

 

I’m afraid of getting fleas, so I keep my nail boots on.

I’m afraid of getting nits, so I keep my turban on.

I’m afraid of getting fleas, so I keep my nail boots on.

I’m afraid of getting nits, so I keep my turban on.

 

My blood-stained kurta hasn’t been washed for months.

There are so many rats, there are so many rats,

If I see one sleeping I grab it by the tail

I fling it to the enemy trench.

 

I’m afraid of getting fleas, so I keep my nail boots on.

I’m afraid of getting nits, so I keep my turban on.

I’m afraid of getting fleas, so I keep my nail boots on.

I’m afraid of getting nits, so I keep my turban on.

 

Yesterday, there was a sudden signal

A signal that a bomb had been sighted.

Yesterday, there was a sudden signal

A signal that a bomb had been sighted.

 

My heart was pounding, pounding.

My heart was pounding, pounding.

My friend dropped violently.

My friend dropped violently.

 

I saw a bullet press into his chest

Blood was spilling like a waterfall.

Don’t be scared, I’ve got to fight for my country before it’s too late.

Doing this makes me feel brave.

 

I’m afraid of getting fleas, so I keep my nail boots on.

I’m afraid of getting nits, so I keep my turban on.

I’m afraid of getting fleas, so I keep my nail boots on.

I’m afraid of getting nits, so I keep my turban on.

 

Your dearest son,

Subedar Khudedad Khan.

Your dearest son,

Subedar Khudedad Khan.

Ramola - Artefact Handling Workshop

I learnt lots of things about WW1 I felt like I know how the soldiers fell. I found it very interesting to see what a solider carried around.

Nasima Ephraim (Teacher) - Costumed Interpreter Visit

Children understood more about Khudadad Khan when he became a real person. It made their personal research come to life even though they knew it wasn’t actually Khudadad Khan!

Digby - Composition Workshop

The best thing was how the composer just played everything so beautifully.

Ezra - Puppet-making Workshop

I believe that I learned that making puppets will take a long time even if it’s small. I also learned that being creative is good for later life.

Ramola - Performance

Learning all the moves and looking at the set up, I loved to see at the end that some mums and dads were crying, I was really touched!

Naseebah - Artefact Handling Workshop

I learnt about the different things that the soldiers had. I really enjoyed all of the things and I found out a shell bomb could blow up a whole town!

Mateus - Composition Workshop

Be creative, don’t be shy, your voice will be heard!

Talulah - Puppet-making Workshop

I learned that art can be anything, and you can always have fun with anyone or anything.

Theo - Artefact Handling Workshop

For me the best part was holding the weapons!

Nasima Ephraim (Teacher) - Composition Workshop

An autistic child in class really enjoyed ‘the letter song’. He has been most enthusiastic when singing this song and he remembered all of it from the composition session.

Mateus - Puppet-making Workshop

I learned that if you want to do something don’t give up and carry on until you have finished what you are doing.

Ella - Artefact Handling Workshop

I learnt what the four noble truths are.

Nasima Ephraim (Teacher) - Puppet-making Workshop

A child who feels they are not very artistic or creative, felt a sense of achievement at making their own puppet.

Theo - Performance

The best thing for me was the acting by my friends and doing the performance.

Morningside Primary School, Hackney

22 September – 5 December 2016


LETTER FROM HARDIT SINGH MALIK                   MORNINGSIDE PRIMARY SCHOOL

My dear Parents,

I’m writing to let you know I’m alive.

My plane came dashing down from the blue sky,

My plane came crashing down, came from the blue sky

Swooshed and dived frantic’ly to the ground.

 

Joyfully I’ve survived, although my nose is twisted out of place

And I was shot twice in the leg

Shot twice in the leg.

 

The white nurses treat me like an angel from Heaven

I was happy in the air swooping to the defence of Empire.

They called me ‘The Flying Hobgoblin’.

 

Every night I dream of being shot down.

I dream of twisting quickly towards the ground.

But I don’t see dead bodies any more.

 

One day I will come home to India.

 

Your loving son

Hardit Singh Malik

‘The Flying Hobgoblin’!

 

YunJin - Project Overview

It was important to learn about the real trench brothers!

Kamal - Artefact Handling Workshop

The best thing about this activity was touching the artefacts!

Jayden - Costumed Interpreter

We got to march like a real soldier!

Year 4 Statement - Puppet-making Workshop

We learned] How you create a uniform of a soldier on the puppet. How to use all scraps and not waste materials. How to make our puppets individual but still be historically correct.

Sam Dorney (Teacher) - Performance

Children are more engaged in theatre performances and understand how to be a good audience member. Many are reading with more expression and intonation.

Laura Body (Teacher) - Artefact Handling Workshop

[The most valuable thing has been] the understanding of what life was truly like, children were able to imagine what life was like in the trenches.

Year 4 General Statement - Performance

[The best thing about the day was] seeing the professional actors perform, having children act in the play both speaking and non speaking parts, and performing for our parents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stamford Hill Primary School, Haringey

27 September – 2 December 2016


LETTER FROM HUKUM SINGH BAHADUR                STAMFORD HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL

Dearest Phool,

 

Oh, how I long to be home again without all this heartache.

I crave to see your face and miss the aromas of Jaipur.

 

Oh, how I long to be home again without all this heartache.

I crave to see your face and miss the aromas of Jaipur.

 

I am responsible for transporting equipment and animals.

I am responsible for transporting equipment and animals.

I spend a lot of time with the horses.

I have been commended by Winston Churchill himself.

My heart was filled with joy and pride.

My heart was filled with joy and pride.

 

I was lied to, I was lied to on the train because I am not white.

A European soldier told me there was no room in first class.

I later found out there was only one person there.

 

The past few days have changed how I feel about the war.

All I hear, day and night are toffee-apples.

In the distance, in the distance we can hear the cries of pain,

But worst of all – the screams of death will haunt me forever.

 

I miss your smile, I miss your smile

When war is over, I’ll be safe in your arms.

 

With all the love in my heart,

Hukum Singh Bahadur

Sara - Artefact Handling Workshop

I enjoyed the fact that we didn’t stay sat down all the time and was able to experience the life of a solider.Also i really liked the fact that it wasn’t boring but yet we still learned something new.

Rochelle - Costumed Interpreter Visit

I really liked it when we had to pretend to march from france to the trenches because it was like we were really there because every one was cheering and saying Vive La France!

Mia - Composition Workshop

I learned that I’m very creative and good at making beats to a song.

Isabel Hamilton (Teacher) - Puppet-making Workshop

The children were engaged throughout. They learnt valuable crafting skills and techniques. They became increasingly familiar with the uniform/look of the Indian soldiers. It was great fun.

Oyinka - Performance

The best thing about the day was that I could perform to the whole school about something that I have worked very hard on.

Kevin - Costumed Interpreter Visit

The best thing about this activity is that at the beginning of the activity the Indian soldier came in marching to our class and gave us commands like we were actual soldiers.

Ayja - Composition Workshop

The best thing about this activity was that we were able to make our own music and we were using our inner singing ability.

Akosua - Puppet-making Workshop

The best thing was that was when we had to make the body. I liked this because it was fun to make the hands.

Israa - Performance

Doing the performance was the best day of my life!

Zoe - Artefact Handling Workshop

I learned so much about World War One that I never knew happened. Normally finding information about the past would be boring but I was definitely wrong. I loved all the new facts I learnt and I was hungry for more. I love learning from the past now.

Abigail - Costumed Interpreter Visit

When the Indian soldier was coming in and when he was singing because when he came in I felt scared and when he was singing it was funny.

Jose - Composition Workshop

I learned that there is no right or wrong way to sing in singing!

Kayleigh Palmer (Teacher) - Puppet-making workshop

Children focused all day, worked together helping each other, which helps improve listening skills as they had to carefully follow and listen to each step of the puppet making.

 

Kingsmead and Mandeville Primary Schools, Hackney

30 June 2016

 

Performance with Gayhurst primary School.

 


LETTER FROM GEORGE BEMAND                  KINGSMEAD AND MANDEVILLE PRIMARY SCHOOLS

Dear Mother, dear Mother,

How is everything?
How’s the family?

 

Dear Mother, dear Mother,
How is everything?
How’s the family?
Thank you for the photograph which brought hope to my empty heart.
Thank you for the photo which brought hope to my empty heart.

 

It’s hard to witness the horrors of war
I feel like I’m dangling at the end of a rope.
It’s hard to witness the horrors of war
I feel like I’m dangling at the end of a rope.
The sound of war playing, echoes, echoes, echoes in my ears.
It’s so loud I can hardly hear my thoughts.
It’s so loud I can hardly hear my thoughts.

 

Through the toxic gas we can see flying pigs
Through the toxic gas we can see flying pigs
Crumping with their fiery explosions.

 

The blood is as bright, the blood is as bright, as your amazing red peppers.
Oh how, oh how I, oh how I long for your lovely cooking
Oh how I, oh how I, jollof rice and your jerk chicken.

 

Oh how, oh how I, oh how I long for your lovely cooking
Oh how I, oh how I, jollof rice and your jerk chicken.

 

Please pray for my safe return.
This war must be over soon.

 

Please pray for my safe return.
This war must be over soon.

 

Yours longingly
Lieutenant George Bemand

 

 

Feeling the real objects, it helped me to think I was in the WW1. Orange Class – Kingsmead Primary School

Putting on the clothes helped us realise how difficult it was to fight in WW1. Cedar Class – Mandeville Primary School

We enjoyed working with others who we’d just met. Mizgin – Mandeville Primary School (about the composition session)

We sang and shared our ideas. It was truly interactive. Khyla – Mandeville Primary School (about the composition session)

Powerful, energetic, absorbing. I felt I was in the Army. Student – Kingsmead Primary School (about the Costumed Interpreter visit)

When we were making the puppets, we learnt to not give up and carry on if we did make a mistake. Leanne – Mandeville Primary School

We enjoyed the singing, Khatwib dying, performing in front of our parents and friends, meeting new people, bonding with other schools. Orange Class – Kingsmead Primary School

When it finally finished, it filled me with pride because we had worked hard throughout the Trench Brothers experience. Hamza – Mandeville Primary School

Singing the song that we made by ourselves was phenomenal. Memet – Mandeville Primary School

There were soldiers dressed up in full WW1 gear. That was exciting! Kojo – Mandeville Primary School

We loved making new friends by being mixed up with other schools in the area in the performance. Yagmur – Mandeville Primary School  

One student produced a much higher level of work in English due to their descriptive language which came from the activity. Teacher – Mandeville Primary School (about the Artefacts Handling Session)

It was great to see children work together and have an impact upon a significant element of the performance which raised their aspirations and interest in the project. They were extremely excited and overwhelmed to receive their song as a professional backing track. Teacher – Kingsmead Primary School (about the Composition Session)

The immersive experience and range of creative activities excited the children which was evident in their works, both written and in their performance.
Teacher – Kingsmead Primary School

The resources have been amazing. The children loved all of the sessions, which provided a broad range of learning techniques, and immersed them in the experience. Teacher – Kingsmead Primary School

For me, this has reinforced the need to immerse children in their learning experience and use creative elements to build and develop their skills. Teacher – Kingsmead Primary School



 


 

Queen Eleanor Primary Academy, Northampton

6 July 2016


LETTER FROM  WALTER TULL                   QUEEN ELEANOR PRIMARY ACADEMY

Dear Edward,

How are you?
Where are you now?

The trenches here are as deep as the ocean,
The trenches here are deep.

Full of wet, soggy, squishy mud
Full of wet, soggy, squishy mud
squishy mud
squishy MUD.

Fleas and rats, fleas and rats hide ev’rywhere like robbers.
We can’t see the sun, the smoke is so thick.

From inside the slowly rotting trenches,
We see the devastating, breath-taking sight
of craters and destruction.

The battlefield is like a moon of death.
The First Football Battalion
The boys from Northampton F.C.
The First Football Battalion
We’re fighting for victory!

My men are like brothers to me,
We’re fighting like a football team.
When I tread over their lifeless bodies,
I’m heart-broken.

The First Football Battalion
The boys from Northampton F.C.
The First Football Battalion
We’re fighting for victory!
Don’t worry about me, I will be fine.

Your brother,
Lance-Sergeant
WALTER TULL

 

 

I was shocked at how heavy the guns were. Madison

I learned you had to be very brave and strong to go out to war and you had to risk your life for your country. Tee-Jay

The actor was great at personalising a soldier. Letters from soldiers made a huge impact on us. They made us really feel what taking part in war felt like, looked like, sounded like. Class 5TO (about the Costumed Interpreter session)

Some of us have never had such an experience and were surprised that we were able to create something like that. Year 5 Students (about the Composition session)

We enjoyed hearing the product of our work at the end. It was an accomplishment. Year 5 Students (about the Composition session)

We’ve learnt not to be wasteful. Some people learnt to concentrate and stay focused for a long period of time. Class 5TO (about the puppets)

The crew, teachers, singers and everyone else was really friendly and kind. Rebecca

We enjoyed seeing all the work and different parts come together in the end. Year 5 student (about the performance)

Artefacts were very good. Hands on experience! Year 5 Teacher

It was good to deal with well qualified people. School cannot replicate such experiences. Year 5 Teacher

The Trench Brothers project was a great opportunity for all children in the class: we had an opportunity to work with professionals and all (even very knowledgeable ones)have learnt something about WW1 in a very creative way. We really enjoyed the project.  Year 5 Teacher

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Rushmore Primary School, Hackney

4 July 2016


LETTER FROM  RALPH VIGNALE                  RUSHMORE PRIMARY SCHOOL

My dearest Henrietta,

 

Thank you for the parcel.
I thoroughly enjoyed the homemade fudge.
What’s the news of mother from Trinidad?
Has Ellie lost her first tooth?

 

I’ve been made a Corporal!
And I hope I can show you my badge
And I hope that you are proud,
I hope that you are proud.

 

(Chorus)

If you be strong, I’ll be strong
And I’ll be home when I am able
Although the war has been so long
Save me a seat at our Christmas table.
Save me a seat at our Christmas table.

 

A thick layer of odorous smoke hangs in the air
Shrapnel pelts down on us like hailstones
H-h-hailstones
Gunfire always rattling in my head x 4
Always rattling in my head x 3
In my head x 3

 

I’m so tired of the constant noise.
I’ve been made a Corporal.
And I hope I can show you my badge
And I hope that you are proud.
I hope that you are proud.

 

(Chorus x 2)

If you be strong, I’ll be strong
And I’ll be home when I am able
Although the war has been so long
Save me a seat at our Christmas table.

 

Save me a seat at our Christmas table. x 3

 

Your loving husband
Ralph Vignale

 

 

I learnt so much I couldn’t possibly list it here! Lana (about the artefacts session)

I learned it was a hard time then, and we could of lost the war if it wasn’t for the Allies. Serhan (about the artefacts session)

I learned how heavy each piece of kit was. I was shocked to feel how heavy they were!!! How could they run in all that kit? Ivor (about the artefacts session)

We made the lyrics and the tune ourselfs and it was amazing how the composer could play the music on the piano straight after hearing us. Ajay (about the Composition session)

Everyone got a chance to say what they wanted. Orla (about the Composition session)

I learned that anyone could sing without getting teased, and in the end it would make a masterpiece. Tiana (about the Composition session)

I loved making my puppet come to life! I especially liked making different faces and adding the extra features (buttons, pockets) on the uniform. Overall, it was really fun and memorable and I loved making the puppets: it was a great day. Thank-you Trench Brothers! Lana

It was hands on and creative. We haven’t done a lot of art in year 6 so it was a nice change. Orla

I learned that a performance lasts 2 hours, but beind the scenes it probably takes months. Isaac

I learned that people should be a little bit more careful of their desicions.  Uzair

This session gave them a huge amount – their writing was amazing with brilliant contextual learning. A girl who had never seen anything like it before called it ‘life-changing’! Year 6 Teacher (about the Artefacts Handling session)

The best thing was seeing children with genuine artictic talent who thought art wasn’t for them. Year 6 Teacher (about the Puppet making session)

A little boy, low on attainment – involved in writing the melody. Never saw this in him – lovely moment. The confidence of certain pupils shining on the day was wonderful. Year 6 Teacher (about the composition session)

Immersive contextual learning. Pupils loved it, very involving for every pupil. Year 6 Teacher

 

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Berger Primary School Hackney, Summer 2016

1 July 2016


LETTER FROM  JOGENDRA SEN                   BERGER PRIMARY SCHOOL

My dear Jotindra,

 

Uncle Max got knocked out.
The Pals couldn’t bury him
It was too risky in No Man’s Land.
Too risky in No Man’s Land.

 

Another day, another life taken.
We don’t think war’s an adventure any more.
Another day, another life taken.
We don’t think war’s an adventure any more.

 

Flying pigs, lemon bombs, cricket balls are flying everywhere.
And one’s created a hole in my heart.
It’s like living in a real life nightmare,
But the dream never ends.
It’s like living in a real life nightmare,
But the dream never ends.

 

Another day, another life taken.
We don’t think war’s an adventure any more.
Another day, another life taken.
We don’t think war’s an adventure any more.

 

I can’t be a Lance Corporal;
I’m not white.
Someday that might change.
But my Pals still respect me.

 

Another day, another life taken.
We don’t think war’s an adventure any more.
Another day, another life taken.
We don’t think war’s an adventure any more.

 

I miss you.

 

Your brother,
Jogendra Sen

 

 

In my opinion the best part was the weapons because it was fascinating to touch and it was nice that we were allowed to touch the objects. I like that Charlotte was very kind and watched out for us. She made sure that we were safe and careful. Samiyah (about the artefacts handling)

I learned that it was hard for the soldiers and they had limited resourses. Amber

I learned that war wasn’t a adventure or game and lots of people lost their lives it wasn’t fun and people fought for land. I hope that people learn to share land so that there wouldn’t be a 3rd world war. Azra

What I learnt about the activity is how to put rhythm into music. Onyema
(about the Composition session)

The best thing about this activity is everything because I enjoyed everything about it. Hornela (about making the Trench Brother Puppets)

I enjoyed how at the end we could see what we have made and how all the steps fit together. Amber (about making the Trench Brother Puppets)

I learned that you shoudn’t rush puppet making and it is good to try new things you haven’t done before. Zahra (about making the Trench Brother Puppets)

Trench brothers was the best show that we have ever had. James

We learnt to put effort into our performance. Mobolaji

I enjoyed when we all sung the song ‘we’re striving together’ because it a beautiful song. War is not how you settle a problem between two countries. Joe

The best thing about the day was performing because it looked like the audience was enjoying what we were doing and I felt very proud because my parents were watching. I really enjoyed Trench Brothers because I learnt a lot about WW1 and I really hope we do something like this again.  Linh

The best part was the performance and although I have stage fright it was very enjoyable and exciting and Winston was very brave and it actually tells a story and if I could I’d recommend it to any other school.  I learnt to face my fears. Grace

The writing we got out of the children was phenomenal. Each child, at their own level, was able to excel and produce work of a very high standard. They were keen to know more and many did their own research at home. They brought every experience from this whole project into their writing and were able to write some amazing poems, diary entries and letters. Year 5 Teacher

Children have developed confidence and are a lot more aware of WW1 and its wider global context. This was a real insight into what we can achieve through topic based learning which engages and excites every child.Year 5 Teacher


Some of our Trench Brothers Artwork